2008 Class LL Football Playoffs


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Class LL Rosters: Glastonbury | Hamden | Cheshire | Newtown


Cheshire vs. Glastonbury  
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#3 Cheshire (10-3) 7 7 0 0   14
#1 Glastonbury (13-0) 7 21 0 0   28

C--Billy Ragone 2 run (Kyle Pulek kick)
G--Jordan Brown 63 run (Erich Pfeffer kick)
G--Brown 19 run (Pfeffer kick)
C--Ragone 2 run (Pulek kick)
G--Brown 1 run (Pfeffer kick)
G--Pinone 15 pass from Pfeffer (Pfeffer kick)

Summary courtesy of Meriden Record-Journal

NEW BRITAIN -- Jordan Brown rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and tight end/linebacker John Pinone had a big game on both sides of the ball to lead top-seeded Glastonbury over No. 3 Cheshire 28-14 in the Class LL championship game at Veterans Stadium.
The state title was Glastonbury's first since 1989, when the Tomahawks beat Cheshire 16-15 in the Class LL final. The win also completed an undefeated season for the 13-0 Tomahawks.

Cheshire, making its first state finals appearance since 1997, finished at 10-3.

All the scoring came in the first half. Brown and Cheshire quarterback Billy Ragone exchanged touchdown runs -- Brown from 63 and 19 yards; Ragone twice from 2 -- before Glastonbury opened up a 28-14 lead in the final five minutes of the second quarter. A 38-yard completion from Erich Pfeffer to Pinone set up a 1-yard score from Brown, while Brown, with a crucial third-and-long conversion, set up a 15-yard scoring pass from Pfeffer to Pinone.

Pfeffer was 7-for-11 for 92 yards.

Ragone, after sustaining a thigh bruise on Cheshire's opening scoring drive, was limited to throwing the ball. He was 23-for-40 for 218 yards, but threw two interceptions and also lost a fumble. The fumble came after Cheshire had driven to the Glastonbury 34 midway through the fourth quarter, ending Cheshire's best bid of the second half, when both defenses dominated.

Pinone and Pfeffer had the interceptions for Glastonbury. Pinone's, coming in Cheshire territory with the score tied 7-7 in the first quarter, set up Brown's second touchdown


Newtown vs. Glastonbury
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#4 Newtown (9-4*) 0 21 0 7   28
#1 Glastonbury (12-0) 21 7 0 14   42

First quarter
G - Jordan Brown 35 run (Erich Pfeffer kick)
G -Brown 11 run (Pfeffer kick)
G - Brown 10 run (Pfeffer kick)
Second quarter
N - Kyle O'Connor 23 run (Rory Noonan kick)
G -- Brown 61 run (Pfeffer kick)
N - Jake DeVellis 3 run (Noonan kick)
N - Kurt Nacewicz 35 pass from DeVellis (Noonan kick)
Fourth quarter
G - Brown 1 run (Pfeffer kick)
N - DeVellis 27 run (Noonan kick)
G - Brown 52 run (Pfeffer kick)

Summary Courtesy of Hartford Courant

GLASTONBURY -- Jordan Brown rushed for 325 yards on 34 carries and six touchdowns to propel No. 1 Glastonbury past No. 4 Newtown 42-28 in a CIAC Class LL semifinal Tuesday night at Stadium Field.

Brown scored all his team's touchdowns on runs of 35, 11, 10, 61, 1 and 52 yards. He rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. The Tomahawks led 28-7 before Newtown rallied. Jake DeVellis' three-yard touchdown run and his 35-yard scoring pass to Kurt Nacewicz -- 25 seconds before halftime - brought the Nighthawks back to trail 28-21 at the intermission.

Each team traded touchdowns in the last quarter. The final one for Glastonbury came on Brown's 52-yard run.

Newtown quarterback Jake DeVellis ran for 72 yards on 14 carries and two TDs in the game and passed for 155 (15-24) and two touchdowns. Kyle O'Connor ran for 104 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown

Cheshire vs. Hamden
  1 2 3 4 OT Total
#3 Cheshire (10-2) 7 14 7 0   28
#2 Hamden (9-3) 7 7 0 7   21

H--Josh Smart 3 run (Kemuel Lawrence kick)
C--Billy Ragone 2 run (Ragone kick)
H--Smart 1 run (Lawrence kick)
C--Ragone 3 run (kick failed)
C--Ragone 1 run (Paul Tuscano pass from Ragone)
C--Ragone 11 run (Ragone kick)
H--Smart 2 run (Lawrence kick)

Summary Courtesy of Meriden Record-Journal

HAMDEN - Quarterback Billy Ragone rushed for four touchdowns and 163 yards to lead No. 3 Cheshire past No. 2 Hamden 28-21 Tuesday night in the CIAC Class LL semifinals.

Josh Smart ran for three touchdowns and 108 yards out of Hamden's new Wildcat formation. But the Green Dragons, who enjoyed early leads of 7-0 and 14-7, were undone by three turnovers in their own end that led to Cheshire scores - an interception by Ragone and a blocked punt by David Dillon in the second quarter, and a fumble recovery by Dillon in the third quarter.

Ragone's 11-yard, reverse-field touchdown scramble in the wake of Dillon's fumble recovery put the Rams up 28-14. Hamden responded with a 64-yard drive, capped by a 2-yard Smart run, to pull within 28-21 early in the fourth quarter, but the Rams made the lead stand up with a pair of fourth-down stops, including in the final minute at the Cheshire 45.

Hamden quarterback Jason Lassiter threw for 96 yards